I recently reviewed the more than five years' worth of columns and articles I have written for DM Review. All of my writing has been about information ­ accumulating it, accessing it, using it, dealing with it politically, spending on initiatives associated with it, mining it, visualizing it and reporting on it. Now I want to make a few observations about the motivation of people who deal with information initiatives.

There seem to be two major reasons people get into the "information" part of the organization –­ either because they want to do the right thing (by making information easier to deal with) or they want to climb the corporate ladder. Of these two reasons, hopefully the former is more prevalent than the ladder (i.e., latter ­ get it?).

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